SIYA KOLISI is hunting an historic World Cup triumph few could rival after overcoming childhood trauma few can relate to.
The South African rugby superstar started sniffing petrol and drinking before he was ten – but became the Springboks' first ever black captain well ahead of victory in the 2019 final against England in Tokyo.
Now a repeat victory over the Red Rose in Saturday's last-four clash would leave the 32-year-old's nation one win away from a record fourth crown.
South Africa and New Zealand have each lifted the Webb Ellis Trophy three times.
But to glimpse such a dazzling summit Kolisi has defied incredible difficulties.
His grandmum raised him in poverty, amid a country beset by crime and malnutrition.
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And Kolisi told the BBC his hunger pangs were sometimes so extreme "I would scream to my grandmother and she would get me sugar water and it would settle it down".
Not surprisingly, perhaps, he tumbled into trouble after she died.
Kolisi explained to The Guardian: “It’s tough to relive some memories. I remember losing my grandmother and her dying in my arms.
"She was the closest person to me and I was not even 10 years old."
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